Wisconsin store owner weeps after 40-year business is burned down during Kenosha riots

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 27th, 2020 12:20 pm

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Last Updated Aug 28th, 2020 at 10:29 pm

A business owner broke down in tears after seeing her furniture store torched during riots sparked by the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Linda Carpenter and her son Scott told Town Hall reporter Julio Rosas Tuesday that their B & L Office Furniture store had been in business for 40 years. They were completely disheartened to find it reduced to ashes.

"I don't know what's next, what do we do next, other than clean up, and I have some loose ends with some customers that we have going on," Scott Carpenter said. "We can't leave our customers hanging... but I feel saddened because this is done."

Linda Carpenter had a difficult time holding back her tears as she surveyed the property, assessing the damage.

"It's all gone… we didn't do nothing to nobody," she said while being comforted by her son. "I don't think it's justifiable for anyone to destroy anybody else's property."

Although the Carpenters are insured, Scott Carpenter said it "isn't there so somebody can destroy your things."

"It's not justifiable. We have insurance, yeah, but... we pay for it," Scott Carpenter said. It causes insurance rates to go up. It's basically theft. Whoever did this stole from us."


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